Convocation features special presentations

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7 people stand with Dr. Kaufman and his picture on an easel
Shown with Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman’s official presidential portrait are Renée Byrd-Lewis, vice president for Strategic Communications and Positioning; Dr. Lois C. Richardson, interim senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost; Luann Causland, executive assistant to the president; Dr. Stas Preczewski, president; Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, charter president; Louise Archie, charter executive assistant to the president; Eddie Beauchamp, vice president for Operations and Dr. Mark Iken, vice president for Educational Technology.

In addition to its annual recognition of student and faculty awards and the college’s reaffirmation of its commitment to its mission and vision, the fall 2015 academic convocation ceremony included two special presentations in honor of the college’s 10th anniversary.

“By their very nature, anniversaries are times of celebration. They also are times for reflection – for remembering notable events, outstanding accomplishments and special people. In fact, special events and accomplishments often are linked to special people,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, president. “This morning, we recognize and celebrate one individual who played the key role in charting the course for our institution and the success we enjoy today. That special person is Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, Georgia Gwinnett College’s charter president, chief visionary and founding father.”

Kaufman served as GGC president from 2005 to 2013, when he departed the college to serve as president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. A former U.S. Army brigadier general and chief academic officer for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he took on the challenging task of building the first four-year, public college in Georgia in more than 100 years.

Dr. Spero Peppas carries the GGC ceremonial mace
Dr. Spero Peppas bears the GGC ceremonial mace in the 2015 convocation recessional for its historic first appearance.

Before Kaufman presented the ceremony’s keynote address, he and Preczewski unveiled Kaufman’s official presidential portrait. The portrait will hang outside of the President’s Office in Building B. The portrait was created by Rod Reilly, GGC’s staff photographer.

The event also included the introduction of the college’s ceremonial mace. Derived from ancient weaponry, maces became adorned and adapted for ceremonial use during the Middle Ages and are borne by a designated official during processions for parliamentary occasions or for formal academic ceremonies. Ceremonial maces are usually all metal or wood, or some combination of the two.

However, Georgia Gwinnett’s mace contains a unique combination of materials selected to represent the many parts of the college community. While some materials reflect traditional meanings, others represent the modern, high-tech era in which GGC was founded.

It is likely that GGC has the only mace in the nation illuminated with an L.E.D., a feature that evoked an enthusiastic, “Oooooh,” from the audience.

GGC’s senior faculty member, Dr. Sam Peppas, professor of marketing and international business and GGC’s first faculty member, was the first to bear the mace at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The GGC mace will be used for all convocation and commencement ceremonies, and at other events at the discretion of the President’s Office.

“GGC’s success is a testament to Dr. Kaufman’s inspiring leadership, incredible vision and tireless dedication. We appreciate his continued service to Gwinnett County, the State of Georgia, our nation and world. Georgia Gwinnett College will forever stand as his legacy to higher education.”
– Dr. Stas Preczewski, President

Photos of the Convocation ceremony and awardees:

Two female students entering convocation and holding the official Academic Convocation banner
Faculty members leading convocation processional with banners representing the four pillars of GGC
Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman entering convocation and smiling
Dr. Daniel J Kaufman and Dr. Stas Preczewski unveiling the portrait of Dr. Kaufman
Dr. Stas Preczewski, Dr. Daniel J Kaufman and senior staff members applauding as portrait of Dr. Kaufman is unveiled
Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman addressing the audience at convocation
Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman being applauded at convocation
Dr. Lois C. Richardson addressing the audience at convocation
Dr. Mei Miranda Zhang giving a speech at convocation
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Adrian Heinz with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Alicia Griffiths with the Outstanding Student Leadership award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Andrei Olifer with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Anthony Graf with the Outstanding Part-time Teaching award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Bryana M. Benson with the student award for the School of Business
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Bryan Patrick Gropp with the Outstanding Freshman award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Demtrios Lambros with the Outstanding Staff award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Susan Bussey with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Emily Christian Reagan with the Outstanding Student Leadership award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Erin Sipsy Bond with an award for the School of Education
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Esteban Gonzalez with the Outsanding Student Service Award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Gabrielle Costello with the student award for the School of Science and Technology
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Janita Rawls with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. JoAnna Whitener with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Jennifer Sinclair with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Jose Gutierrez with
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Juliana Lancaster with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Kamilah Kiser with the Outstanding Student Creativity award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Kay Heath with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Lana McDowell with the Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activities award for faculty
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Liang Sun with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Marc Gilley with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Michael B. Gopaul with the student award for the School of Transitional
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Michelle Broth with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Natasha Brewley with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Nathan Orgill with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Peter Meso with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Rachel Bowser with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Rebecca Flynn with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Shuting Xu with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Sonal Dekhane with the Outstanding Student Engagement award for faculty
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Stephan Desrochers with a certificate of promotion
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Teodora Pineda with the Outstanding Student Employee award
Stas Preczewski and Lois C. Richardson presenting Dr. Yaquan Xu with a certificate of promotion
Dr. Stas Preczewski handing the ceremonial mace to Dr. Spero Peppas
Dr. Spero Peppas and Dr. Stas Preczewski revealing the ceremonial mace for the first time
Dr. Spero Peppas leading the convocation recessional while holding the ceremonial mace
Dr. Spero Peppas holding the ceremonial mace
Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman shaking hands with a woman

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